Five Liberty field hockey players were honored on the All-BIG EAST Teams, released by the conference on Thursday.
Senior defender Serena Barr was named the BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year and a first team All-BIG EAST selection, while goalkeeper Allison Schaefer was tabbed the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and a second team All-BIG EAST selection.
Senior midfielder Bethany Barr and freshman midfielder Agueda Moroni garnered spots on the All-BIG EAST first team. Sophomore midfielder Abby Julius earned a place on the All-BIG EAST second team.
The awards were determined by voting from BIG EAST coaches on the basis of performance in 2016 conference matches. The Lady Flames posted a 5-2 mark in BIG EAST play to finish second in the conference.
Serena Barr Barr, who shared the preseason co-defensive player of the year recognition with UConn's Anna Middendorf, shares the postseason accolade with Middendorf as well.
In seven league games this season, Barr tallied four goals, six assists and 14 points. Her best match of the year came in the BIG EAST regular season finale against Temple. The Lurgan, Northern Ireland, native posted a career-high six points, as she scored two goals and had two assists.
Barr also scored goals against Villanova on Sept. 16 and Quinnipiac on Sept. 23. The senior recorded 25 shots, 16 on goal.
In 16 contests to date, Barr has seven goals, 11 assists and a team-high 25 points. She ranks 10th in the country in assists per game (0.69).
Allison Schaefer Schaefer put together a strong effort in the regular season for the Lady Flames. The Millersville, Pa., native logged 490:13 in goal in seven BIG EAST contests. She posted a 5-2-0 record and 1.71 goals-against average.
Schaefer logged her first collegiate shutout, recording five saves in an 8-0 win over Georgetown on Oct. 8 in Lynchburg. Schaefer also matched a season best with 12 saves against No. 4 North Carolina on Oct. 23.
For the year, Schaefer is 7-9-0 with a 2.42 GAA and 110 saves. She needs nine saves to break the program record for saves in a season (118), set by former Lady Flames goalkeeper Ann Jefferis in 2011.
Bethany Barr Barr scored four goals to go along with seven assists for 15 points in league play. The Lurgan, Northern Ireland, native netted the game-winner in Liberty's inaugural BIG EAST contest, a 5-0 win at Villanova on Sept. 16. She finished the match with two goals and an assist.
The senior also had two one-goal, two-assist games in conference play, coming against Georgetown (Oct. 8) and Temple (last Friday).
Barr has enjoyed a successful senior campaign with five goals, 11 assists and 21 points. Bethany checks in at No. 10 in the country in assists per game (0.69), along with her sister, Serena.
Agueda Moroni Moroni hit her stride late in BIG EAST Conference play. The freshman finished league play with a team-best eight goals, one assist and a team-high 17 points.
Moroni scored three goals in the first 16:17 to lead Liberty to a 7-0 victory over Temple, last Friday. The Cordoba, Argentina, native netted two second-half goals to lift the Lady Flames over Providence, 2-1, on Oct. 21. Moroni had three game-winning goals in BIG EAST play.
In 16 contests this season, Moroni has a team-high 10 goals, three assists and 23 points.
Abby Julius Julius did a lot of her damage in BIG EAST action in her sophomore campaign. The Hummelstown, Pa., native put up five goals and four assists for 14 points in conference play.
Julius helped Liberty to a 2-0 start in BIG EAST play, as she scored two goals each in early season wins over Villanova (5-1 on Sept. 16) and Quinnipiac (6-1 on Sept. 23). She also scored at No. 1 UConn on Oct. 15.
BIG EAST Field Hockey Regular Season Awards
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Charlotte Veitner, Connecticut, Jr., F*
BIG EAST Defensive Players of the Year Anna Middendorf, Connecticut, Sr., B Serena Barr, Liberty, Sr., B BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Allison Schaefer, Liberty Fr., GK Coaching Staff of the Year Connecticut All-BIG EAST First Team Megan Guilbert, Providence, Jr., GK Anna Middendorf, Connecticut, Sr., B Serena Barr, Liberty, Sr., B* Agueda Moroni, Liberty, Fr., M Bethany Barr, Liberty, Sr., M* Charlotte Veitner, Connecticut, Jr., F* Danielle Grega, Old Dominion, Jr., F Casey Umstead, Connecticut, Jr., F/M Adrienne Houle, Providence, Sr., M Megan Hamilton, Providence, Jr., M Megan Byas, Old Dominion, Sr., B
All-BIG EAST Second Team^ Nina Klein, Connecticut, RS-Jr., GK Angie King, Quinnipiac, Sr., B Floor Rozemeijer, Providence, Fr., B Karlie Heistand, Connecticut, Jr., M Abby Julius, Liberty, So., M Rachael Mueller, Temple, Jr., F Francesca Bello, Villanova, Jr, F Chrissy Horn, Old Dominion, So., M Savanna Reilly, Quinnipiac, Gr., F Allison Schaefer, Liberty Fr., GK Aliyah Graves-Brown, Georgetown, Sr., F Paige Gross, Temple, Sr., M ^
^ ^extra members were added due to a tie in voting *unanimous selection
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